The music is Kanye West's “Diamonds From Sierra Leone”, the lead single to West’s album Late Registration....
Diamonds are forever,
they wont leave in the night I've no fear that they might.
Desert me!!

Uhh, F and F, up

Diamonds are forever

Yeah, ya no what i'm saying
I figure, I feel like i should just, ya no
Show people the other side that wonder where, ya no wat im sayin, that are presently unaware.
They dont know about it, ya no wat im sayin, ya no jus show em theres another side to this thing right here,
we call bling!

[Verse 1:]
Allow me to break down the game,
behind the bracelets, earrings, chains, watches and rings.
The bling,
the crystal incrusted, princess flooded, canary studded, blue coloured and blood stained.
Yeah the older brother of the drug game,
that giver of fame, the take awayer of lame.
the empowerer of the kings that came to claims and disease
believe what the native people were saying.
Believe, my engagement ring received and flossed at the cost of a bondage child minus pain.
Long ago kings use to wear em in their armour, when they fought other armies, because it use to scare em.
If you wasn't rich couldn't wear em.
Witches use to marry, and they'd shoot you before they share em.
The gift and the curse, the venom and the serum.
Most hated ladies best friend get merked for a clip.

[Chorus]
(
you know what i'm sayin...i ain't comin down on nobody..you know what i'm sayin....i ain't tryin to judge nobody or nutin like that..you know wat im sayin i've lost to..i might go and get me a pinky ring tommrow..you know wat im sayin...but i just want you to see man..you know wat im sayin...jus see man.. )

[Verse 2:]
Sissero so old and genocide,
until the countryside just to get his shine on!
I fear what the beards and his peers use to do before the world really knew just to get they mind on!
Making paper from slave labour and hittin little kids with life time bids making em cut and shine stones.
Inflating the price and making em look nice and i wasnt thinking twice when i was putting mine on.
About a young shorty in Sierra Leone or other conflict countries that people call home.
I figured i would never go to Angola so it never did affect me that made me, though maybe indirectly.
That my necklace was funding a rebellion or a military coo,
started by malitias that don't believe in following none of Genevas rules.
I was brushing of the haters, trying to be cool.
Didn't have a clue that the rapper was helping the rapers, raiders of the villagers, pillagers of the schools.
Shooters of the innocent, torturers of the witnesses, burners of the businesses
At my birth there was the few.
Uhh, i ain,t pushing an agenda homie,
im jus pushing the facts, Fuck Bush!
Cos theres people doin worse on this earth, and there black,
i took it for years now let me bring it back,
We all know on foreign shores that they finance wars, but asks yourself do they finance yours.
When i first got mine i took em out on tour, they only lost half the value when i took em out the store.
Or it was full of moistened nikes and cubics but the jeweller knew i was stupid and that i couldnt prove it.
Feeling like i need it because i do music, to impress the groupies and the interviewers.
So i didn't appraise it, nor did i loop it, even gave em to my girl thinkin i was cupid.
Homies were all hating hoping they could make me lose it, creeping through my own hood knew i had to remove it.
I see the Russian Mafia, the Jewish Mobsters, the undercover terrorists and the traps for the hustlers.
Homie its a rap for the nonsense rhyming, props to Kanye i call it Conflict Diamonds.

[Chorus]




Lyrics submitted by Lm_wfc

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    General CommentYea, other than not hearing of Cecil Rhodes and De Beers before, some of the misreadings are really bad.

    1. the empowerer of the kings that came to claims and disease
    believe what the native people were saying

    corrected
    "came with claims
    And disease to leave where the native peoples were staying"

    2. "Most hated ladies best friend get merked for a clip."

    corrected
    "Most hated lady's best friend, get merked for a clear one."

    3. "Sissero so old and genocide,
    until the countryside just to get his shine on!
    I fear what the beards and his peers use to do before the world really knew just to get they mind on!"

    corrected

    "Cecil Rhodes sold woe and genocide into the countryside just to get his shine on
    I fear what De Beers and his peers used to do before the world really knew, just to get they mine on"

    4. That my necklace was funding a rebellion or a military coo, [coup]

    5. At my birth there was the few.

    And my bracelet was the fuel

    6. i took it for years now let me bring it back, [I took it to 'Ye]

    7. they only lost half the value when i took em out the store. [I didn't know they lost half their value]
    epsonstyluscon September 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is incredible, the definition of conscious. after hearing this kanye's version sounds wrong.
    noone1111111111111111111on July 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe lyrics up for this song are so wrong its ridiculous. the missunderstood lyrics are also very important to the song, its a shame its being represented so incorrectly. I'll take the time to post a revised version as soon as possible.
    prodigy3006on August 28, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti love the fuck bush line, because of how subversive it is. one of my friends heard somebody posted a quote of the song up to that point, omitting the line after, "cause there's people doing worse on this earth, and they black." he's saying fuck the "fuck bush" idea.
    epsonstyluscon September 27, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti don't think he's saying "fuck the 'fuck bush' idea" because at a show of his in Seattle, he started screaming "fuck president bush, the worst fucking president ever!" (exact quote). and he then dedicated American terrorist to GW Bush.

    I've always interpreted the song as him making a joke because he says
    "I ain't pushing an agenda/
    homie, I'm just pushing the facts/
    Fuck Bush!/

    meaning he is pushing an agenda
    LennonFiascoon February 06, 2008   Link
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    General Commentkante west's version has nothing to do with blood diamonds, it was just an excuse for him to floss.

    lupe's version has so much depth and describes all the issues behind blood diamonds. he definitely took me to school on this track.
    toonson March 10, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthe remix by kanye west and jay z is about blood diamonds, and that's the one that's actually on the regular cd, the other one's a bonus track i think. but lupe's is way more factual and conscious.
    handshakeon June 08, 2008   Link
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    General Commentcorrect me if im wrong but this is wat i hear on this part Shooters of the innocent, torturers of the witnesses, burners of the businesses and my braclet was the fuel
    dan93on March 24, 2009   Link
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    General Commento somebody all ready said that lol
    dan93on March 24, 2009   Link
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    Lyric Correctioni ain't tryin to judge nobody or nutin like that..you know wat im sayin i've lost to

    i ain't tryin to judge nobody or nutin like that..you know wat im sayin (I floss too)
    skins189lbson November 04, 2010   Link

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